1960’2 The Split
In the early 1960’s, Camp Minisink, the Minisink Cadets, the Order of the Feather and all other Minisink Programs received great notoriety for their high quality, standard of excellence and contributions to the youth and families of the Harlem community.
In 1960, the Order of the Bonnet was formalized through the efforts Bro. Keith Rhoden, Bro. Robert Agnew and others. These Brothers helped develop a constitution and the current inducteeprocess. The reorganization of the Bonnet paved the way for the Feather’s increasing self sufficiency, while preparing them for the significant changes ahead.
In 1965, the Minisink family divided into two separate community organizations. Both organizations, Minisink Town House & Camp and The City Mission Cadet Corps, were under the auspices of New York City Mission Society. Due to the split, Brothers were faced with the difficult choice of moving with Minisink to the new Minisink Town House, at 646 Lenox Avenue (now Malcolm X Boulevard), or staying with the Cadet Corps and its new Executive Director-Bro. Wilbert E. Burgie.
Just before the split in 1964, Burgie with the help of several Brothers, founded Pen & Scroll Military Fraternity to further develop comradeship and fraternalism among the officers of the Cadet Corps, which included the prestigious Minisink Warriors Drum and Bugle Corps. Most of the then active Brotherhood stayed with Burgie, helping him organize the new fraternity while participating in the Cadet and Warrior Programs.
The Feather had the fortitude to weather this division and sharp decline in membership. Through the efforts of Harold Finley, who served as President from 1965-67, Michael Hatchette, Hank Allred, Scottie Holmes, Penoye Rainey and other dedicated Brothers, the Order of the Feather survived and flourished. Thanks to the organizational skills of Bro. Roahl Aarons, the Feather Advisor, the Brotherhood continued to be a strong and viable fraternity.